Nairobi attackers ‘eliminated’, 14 victims: Kenyan president

Vastavam web: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday that all Islamists who had stormed an upmarket hotel complex had been “eliminated” after an almost 20-hour siege that left at least 14 dead. “I can confirm that… the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation. “As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost to the… terrorists, with others injured.”

Police sources and a mortuary official had previously reported 15 dead. CCTV footage broadcast on local media showed four black-clad, heavily armed men entering the complex on Tuesday afternoon. At least one of them blew himself up at the start of the attack. A police source said two attackers had been shot dead Wednesday morning after a prolonged shootout. “The two have red bandanas tied around their forehead and bullets strapped around their chest with several magazines each,” the senior police officer said